ESSENTIAL dykes tour!

November 10th, 2008 | Uncategorized

If you’re in San Francisco, please come to my reading tonight at Booksmith! 1644 Haight St., 7:30pm.

Tomorrow, Tuesday November 11, I’ll be at the UC Berkeley Bookstore at 4pm. This is in the Student Union, apparently, at the corner of Bancroft Way and Telegraph Ave.

Wednesday the 12th I’ll be in Los Angeles at Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd. at 7pm.

Thursday the 13th, Chicago! Women and Children First, 7:30 pm.

Then I go home and wash out my leotard, (I’ll send a prize to the first person who gets that reference) and it’s off to New York on Monday.

I’ll be at the Upper West Side Bunns and Noodle on Monday November 17th at 7pm.

Tuesday evening the 18th I’ll be at Lesley College University in Cambridge doing a reading for the Center for New Words.

And Wednesday the 19th I’ll be in Northampton at the Broadside Bookshop at 7pm.

47 Responses to “ESSENTIAL dykes tour!”

  1. Danyell says:

    For some reason, it sounds like something Gonzo said in the Muppet Movie. I’m pretty sure it’s something literary though. Ha.

  2. madknits says:

    Um, Lesley University, dear.
    They changed it.
    Though why they ever did, is a mystery to me.
    I liked it just fine as a college.

    I’ll be there, book proudly in hand!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Any chance of a stop in Toronto at some point?

  4. NLC says:

    Gorey’s “Lavender Leotard”?

  5. You got it, NLC!
    Want another case of Dr. Pepper?

  6. Oh, um…well close enough.
    Gorey’s The Gilded Bat.

  7. Alex K says:

    Oh, dang! So not fair!

    I was thinking David Sedaris’ THE SANTALAND DIARIES…

  8. Jessica Bessica says:

    Madison, WI will miss you!

  9. Jana C.H. says:

    Got my Essential DTWOF on Friday. WOO-HOOOO! Thank You Alison!

    So will we have to compile and print our own complete sets of all the cartoons since the last paperback? I’m cool with it, as soon as I get my printer working again.

    Jana C.H.
    Saith Floss Forbes: If you don’t know the tune, sing tenor.

  10. proserpina says:

    Please, please, please come to Winnipeg? It’s international, freezing and completely out of the way, but you are to die for.

  11. DeLandDeLakes says:

    Wish we could see you at Amazon again, Alison! Happy touring! I hope more skinny-dipping with nice cartoonist ladies is forthcoming!

  12. Jenny says:

    Oh man! I was totally thinking Santaland too!

  13. MBC says:

    Why no visits to Philadelphia this time? Who do I have to lobby to get us added in?!?

  14. Leshka says:

    I wish I could see you in NYC on the 17th, but I’ll be working on my final exam in pastry!


    Sorry, pastry wins out this time!

  15. DeLandDeLakes says:

    Good luck with your pastry exams, Leshka. My oral exam is on Friday. I think you will probably have better luck in your field than I in mine, in this economy…I will probably be majoring in joblessness in a few years. 🙂

  16. Ready2Agitate says:

    Not to incite a deluge, but just how many of us will be at Lesley Universitoire on 11/28 I wonder?

  17. Ready2Agitate says:

    oops – the answer would be no one. Errata: It’s on 11/18.

  18. LondonBoy says:

    Hey, Leshka, good luck with the exam. Any chance you can send us all some samples? 🙂

  19. LondonBoy says:

    And DeLandDeLakes, good luck with your oral, too. If you’re as articulate as you are on here, you’ll do great!

  20. The Cat Pimp says:

    It was fun seeing you at Booksmith, Alison! The signature with the little cartoon of Vermont was so thoughtful. It was a nice crowd (including the flirty boxer dog with the pink lips in the third row.) Booksmith is an awesome place. I’m looking forward to reading your essay, along with the 49 others. Essays make such splendid relaxing reading. (Erm, by the way, I didn’t get the EDTWOF in the mail. I hope it wasn’t stolen from my stoop!)

    Oh, and if you want to know where to eat in Berkeley, there are some great places. Ex. Raleigh’s down Telegraph is a good brew pub, Picante near Gilman street has Mexican food, sushi at Kirala on Ward Street, and if you like insanely creative raw vegan – Cafe Gratitude on Shattuck.

    I want photos of this pastry exam, Leshka….

  21. OMG, the crowd at Booksmith was so wonderful! Loving and awesome and, like, they had all the cartoons I showed practically memorized!

    I just got back to the hotel and someone sent me this link to Keith Olbermann’s ‘special comment’ tonight on Prop 8. He’s all wrought up! It’s very moving. Go see.

  22. Look who came to Booksmith tonight! Our friend the cat pimp herself!
    me & cat pimp

  23. Anonymous says:

    I am so sad I missed this : (
    I was still stuck at work

  24. liser says:

    oh, i’m so cross. i have to work at fetUs weekly on your only ny date. rah.

  25. Alex K says:

    @CatPimp: You take a really good picture. (Isn’t it funny how that means that pictures of you look good, when a non-native speaker would – correctly – interpret it as “You’re a really good photographer”? I don’t know how anyone ever learns English. OK, digression over.) Let me add one suggestion to your Berkeley food address list: The cafe at Chez Panisse, a bit up Shattuck. If meal costs don’t all come out of the royalties, AB, that place is worth a splurgeroo.

  26. Sarah says:

    Goodness, all of my favorite authors coming to the city in such quick succession! I will be sure to come see you on the 17th, Alison!

  27. Ginjoint says:

    Yay, Cat Pimp! How many cats do you have, anyway?

  28. HKSuz... says:

    any chance of an Asian tour?? we’d love to have you!

  29. Anonymous says:

    La Chauve-Souris D’oree!

    Come to Toronto, pleeeeeeze!

  30. KarenE says:

    Dang, forgot to sign me name!

  31. DeLandDeLakes says:

    Thank you, LondonBoy! That brings me good cheer. What I am really looking forward to is having time to read a book that has nothing to do with my dissertation. (Except for “Essential Dykes,” which has served as distraction fodder through this whole process.)

  32. minnie says:

    CatPimp and Miz Bechdel, you both look absolutely beautiful.

    My guess as to who planned to wash out her leotard was Melisande, Margery Sharp’s beauteous, titular canine heroine who certainly did the circuit. She must have worn a leotard underneath.

    Roy McKie’s sensitive and dramatic illustrations lift the Melisande story into delicious graphic novelette form — and it’s in the local library.

  33. The Cat Pimp says:

    Aw shucks. I have two cats, but I call myself the cat pimp because I volunteer at the SPCA in the East Bay. When AB reported her cat had passed away, I was gently noodging her to get a new cat by posting links to various animal shelters in Burlington (taking the mental dartboard to guess what city AB lived near). I decided, for consistency, to keep the Cat Pimp moniker.

    I would not recommend Chez Panisse on short notice. Even their cafe requires reservations, now. The place downstairs, Cesar, is kinda OK, but not substantial enough (or quiet enough) for dinner. However, nearby are Barney burger (decent burgers, not fast food), Cafe La Paz (at least I think that is what its called), and Cha Am.

  34. Ivana says:

    Any plans to come to Canada?

  35. NickelJoey says:

    Do check out that Keith Olbermann link. I watched it early this morning here at work, and it brought me near tears.

  36. Alex K says:

    @CatPimp re Cafe Chez Panisse: Huh. OK, noted. I knew you had to ring, like, a month in advance to nail down an upstairs reservation and then sell several children to pay for the meal. But I’d thought that the cafe was still with walk-up potential and required at most a couple of pints of blood. Live and learn, or for me, more likely live and don’t learn, but you can’t buck cliche…

  37. Aunt Soozie says:

    cat Pimp!! Hi!!! So nice to see your beautiful shining face!!!

  38. mary(an) the librarian says:

    @ alison, re: keith olbermann – too little, too late, i say. number one reason we lost prop 8? complacency.

    if it can happen here, it can happen anywhere.

    protest this saturday, 11/15

  39. Anonymous says:

    Aw, Aunt Soozie, it was such a downer when CP Cafe got all bossy about reservations. They want your credit card number now, which stinks. I hate giving out credit card numbers to restaurants. They claim its to cover the cost of the food, but its not like they aren’t going to have someone else come in and order and eat it. If I want fancy, I go to Bay Wolf in Oakland.

  40. The Cat Pimp says:

    “Anonymous” above was me, going on about food…

  41. Marj says:

    KarenE – Um, the golden bald mouse? I thought my French was ok, but…

  42. The Cat Pimp says:

    BTW – got my book. It was postmarked Oct 31, LOL.

  43. simmonsgal says:

    Cant wait to see you at Lesley!!!

  44. Kathe says:

    You’re going to be in Northampton! I’m so excited!

  45. Jaibe says:

    I was thinking of when in the Dark Knight (the original comic), Alfred is saying Batman will have to wear his outfit wet.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Alison, apologies if I’m the 5th (or 15th) person to mention this, but do you know that you were name checked in the Nov 3 New Yorker Briefly Noted reviews? This was in the review for Posy Simmonds’ Tamara Drewe. Just thought that was cool.

    I was also part of the SF Booksmith crowd. So glad I got to meet you (and that I refrained from saying to you that I’m you’re number 1 fan*).

    And Cat Pimp, the flirty boxer belonged to our friend. He was a good boy, wasn’t he?.

    *I’m kidding, really. But you’d better not kill off Misery!

  47. The Cat Pimp says:

    Totally loved that boxer. I wanted to kiss that pink lip!